All Ratings and Reviews for Dante Simonetti
Dante is a great guy. Luke was a helpful TA. You get to redo two of your labs, so you get to make changes to the report after getting feedback. There are four labs. Three reports and one presentation. Not too much work depending which labs you get assigned, and how your group is.
Dante is a cutie
This is a time-consuming class. It was taught by Simonetti and Sam (Srivastava), but is clearly led by Simonetti. He's a tough grader! Very detail-oriented and will literally "grill" students on past material they should know. But in all honesty, you can tell he's a practiced, experienced engineer who is pushing you to really try.
Organization-wise, for COVID, there are 4 labs where you will be provided with data excel sheets from the TA. You will also be provided with a word-document having you roleplay some scenario that involves the data ("you are an engineer hired to perform an analysis of a distillation column..."). I believe the difficulty of the course stems from its open-endedness. You have the lab manual from previous years, the word doc, and an excel sheet. With those three files, you are to generate a very professional, specific, focused, high-quality report to the best of your ability. Overall, it's a lot like the last ChemE lab, but with more focus on report quality. I honestly felt like the workload is way more, however, since we have way more time to work (there's rarely lectures and lab is not really mandatory...) but I still felt MORE stressed for this class--this might likely be due to the material, which is very 101C and 103 oriented, both of which I'm fairly shaky in.
I ultimately have little complaints with the class. Our group absolutely could have done better with report-writing and time management, and I did feel heavily stressed as the report deadline approached (nothing beats a cold beer after 5pm on those Friday deadlines). Still, we did well enough each time! The class is stress-heavy and workload-heavy, but if you stick it through, you'll find your grade is just fine. This is coming from what I believe was an average group. My biggest piece of advice is to have your graded reports open as you construct your later reports--make sure you don't make any mistake you've made before.
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